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The temple of ugliness and memorial to Victorian bad taste was erected in the main street of the city.

A. was erected in the main street of the city

B. were erected in the main street of the city

C. had been erected in the main street of the city

D. erected in the main street of the city

E. are erected in the main street of the city
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The temple of ugliness and memorial to Victorian bad taste was erected in the main street of the city.

A. was erected in the main street of the city

B. were erected in the main street of the city

C. had been erected in the main street of the city

D. erected in the main street of the city

E. are erected in the main street of the city


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The temple of ugliness and memorial to Victorian bad taste was erected in the main street of the city

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what does "and memorial to Victorian bad taste" in the statement modify/ mean?
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If it's a list then shouldn't we have "were"?

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what does "and memorial to Victorian bad taste" in the statement modify/ mean?
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The noun phrase memorial to Victorian bad taste is modifying the temple. (The temple serves as a memorial(reminder) of victorian bad taste. ).

Since each of the two noun phrases has the same reference, a singular verb (was) is required!
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what does "and memorial to Victorian bad taste" in the statement modify/ mean?
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The noun phrase memorial to Victorian bad taste is modifying the temple. (The temple serves as a memorial(reminder) of victorian bad taste. ).

Since each of the two noun phrases has the same reference, a singular verb (has) is required!


that modifier should then be set off by a comma.
I am not sure whether you can have a modifier in that sort.
Can you clarify?

the temple of ugliness, memorilia to xyz, was .... makes more sense
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rahulkashyap wrote:

that modifier should then be set off by a comma.
I am not sure whether you can have a modifier in that sort.
Can you clarify?

the temple of ugliness, memorilia to xyz, was .... makes more sense


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If we do set it off by commas, the noun phrase (memorial to ....) becomes a non essential modifier. This phrase is required in the sentence to identify the temple and so we can't really set it off by commas, without changing the intended meaning of the sentence.

There might be many ugly temples, but here we are talking about the one which is both ugly and a reminder of bad taste.
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blueviper wrote:
rahulkashyap wrote:

that modifier should then be set off by a comma.
I am not sure whether you can have a modifier in that sort.
Can you clarify?

the temple of ugliness, memorilia to xyz, was .... makes more sense


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If we do set it off by commas, the noun phrase (memorial to ....) becomes a non essential modifier. This phrase is required in the sentence to identify the temple and so we can't really set it off by commas, without changing the intended meaning of the sentence.

There might be many ugly temples, but here we are talking about the one which is both ugly and a reminder of bad taste.



could you provide me with more examples of this usage? i have never before read a modifier that is written this way.
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I hope temple and memorial are the elements and should be followed by plural
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could you provide me with more examples of this usage? i have never before read a modifier that is written this way.
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Consider these:

1. His brother and the subsequent editor of his collected papers was with him at his deathbed. (Intended meaning- brother and the editor are the same person)

2. Beer from America and the Netherlands is much lighter than British Beer.

Originally posted by blueviper on 30 Aug 2018, 00:21.
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could you provide me with more examples of this usage? i have never before read a modifier that is written this way.
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Consider these:

1. His brother and the subsequent editor of his collected papers was with him at his deathbed. (Intended meaning- brother and the editor are the same person)

2. Beer from America and the Netherlands is much lighter than British Beers.


in your statement 1, there is ambiguity in whether the editor is infact his brother or not, unless you know them personally.

in your statement 2, the verb should actually be plural, i.e. - are- as "beer from america" and "beer from Netherlands " are 2different beers
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could you provide me with more examples of this usage? i have never before read a modifier that is written this way.
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Consider these:

1. His brother and the subsequent editor of his collected papers was with him at his deathbed. (Intended meaning- brother and the editor are the same person)

2. Beer from America and the Netherlands is much lighter than British Beers.


in your statement 1, there is ambiguity in whether the editor is infact his brother or not, unless you know them personally.

in your statement 2, the verb should actually be plural, i.e. - are- as "beer from america" and "beer from Netherlands " are 2different beers



1. Singular was is used if the brother and the editor are the same person, and plural were if they are two different people. (Depends on author's intent)

2. Beer from America and the Netherlands is much lighter than British Beers. Can be rephrased to -> Beer that comes from America and the Netherlands is much lighter than British beer.

The sentences are 100% correct. :-)
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"Beer from America and the Netherlands is much lighter than British Beers. Can be rephrased to -> Beer that comes from America and the Netherlands is much lighter than British beer." rephrasing it definitely makes it singular, but that is not the point of this. As is written, that is, beer x and beer y are 2 different subjects.

"(Depends on author's intent)" hence the ambiguity..

what is the source of this question?
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The temple of ugliness and memorial to Victorian bad taste was erected in the main street of the city.

A. was erected in the main street of the city

B. were erected in the main street of the city

C. had been erected in the main street of the city

D. erected in the main street of the city

E. are erected in the main street of the city


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Have you created this question?

https://books.google.co.in/books?id=9Bt ... y.&f=false

Quick Google search yields sentence as :

This temple of ugliness and memorial to Victorian bad taste was erected in the main street of the city.

This might help - rahulkashyap.
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